turn it around
By Daily News staff
POPLAR GROVE, Ill. - It was a successful weekend for the Clinton girls basketball team, which shook off the 2018 blues with a pair of victories to begin 2019.
Clinton defeated Whitewater 58-49 on Friday night, then stayed on the road to take down North Boone 62-27 on Saturday.
Friday, the Cougars sprinted to a 33-17 halftime advantage and hung on for a solid win. Liz Kalk scored a season-best 25 points while grabbing 11 boards and Hannah Welte scored 20 points.
Saturday wasn't much of a contest for Clinton, as they led 33-10 at halftime and cruised to the win.
Kalk scored 14 points while Addyson Ciochon and Charlotte Mueller each added nine.
• MCFARLAND 54, TURNER 51: The Trojans dropped yet another tight Rock Valley Conference game Friday night, falling on the road by three points.
Turner trailed 29-21 at halftime but rallied to make a game of it in the second half. Sophomore Olivia Tinder scored 15 points while Marlee Young added 10 for the Trojans.
• VERONA 77, BELOIT MEMORIAL 38: The Purple Knights trailed 40-19 at halftime and the second half was a virtual repeat of the first Saturday afternoon at Barkin Arena.
Mizahna Burner led the Knights with 10 points while Bre Davis added nine.
Rayna Briggs poured in 21 for the Wildcats.
• EVANSVILLE 67, BIG FOOT 35: The Chiefs were hammered at home by Evansville Friday night, as the Blue Devils held down RVC-leading scorer Reagan Courier to just nine points.
Viola Larson added eight and Olivia Peterson scored seven for the Chiefs, who dropped to 6-3 in conference play with the loss. Big Foot hosts Elkhorn Monday night.
• EAST TROY 55, BRODHEAD 24: The offensive struggles continued for the Cardinals, who scored just 11 points in the second half after trailing 25-13 at halftime.
Carissa Purdue and Madisyn Kail each scored five points to lead the Cardinals, while Grace Lomen scored 11 to lead the Trojans.
• BOYS BASKETBALL: NORTH BOONE 57, CLINTON 46: The Cougars played their closest game since defeating Delavan-Darien, losing in the border battle at North Boone Saturday.
Riley Anastasi scored 15 points and Joe Wellnitz added nine for the Cougars, while Wade Mueller scored eight in his varsity debut.
North Boone, who led 27-13 at halftime, was led by Josh Hoffman's 19 points.
• PREP WRESTLING: SAUK PRAIRIE EAGLE INVITE: The Beloit Memorial wrestling team placed 14th at Saturday's Sauk Prairie Eagle Invite.
Beloit's top performers were Tyler Sireci (195 pounds), who placed second and heavyweight Ryan Caudle, who notched a fifth-place finish.
Sireci is 20-2 on the season while Caudle is 13-4.
• FORT ATKINSON 43, BELOIT TURNER 33: The Trojans fell in Friday night's dual meet despite some standout individual performances.
Jackson Burk (126) notched a first-round pin, as did heavyweight Cody Krueger. Also winning for the Trojans was Cal Ries (160), who prevailed in a 10-7 decision.
• POLO INVITATIONAL: Parkview's Chase Carratt picked up three pins on his way to a 4-0 afternoon and a victory at 195 pounds at Saturday's Polo Invitational.
Luke Schwengels (170) recorded a third-place finish for the Vikings.